ERIC Number: ED267932
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Improving Basic Skills in Low Achieving Kindergarten Students through Supervised Learning Centers.
Because low achieving kindergarten children attending a neighborhood school in the South Area of the Dade County Public School System were experiencing difficulty during independent work periods, a practicum study was designed to improve their basic skills by providing closely supervised visual, manipulative, language, and listening activities. Goals of the practicum were: (1) to significantly improve cognitive learning in a selected group of low achieving kindergarten students; (2) to improve students' independent work skills and their use and care of materials; and (3) to promote a positive attitude toward learning. To achieve these objectives a closely supervised learning center was set up in the kindergarten classroom. All practice and reinforcement activities conducted in the center were directly related to basic skills concepts being taught. Positive methods of recording and rewarding good performance were developed, and cognitive growth was monitored by pre- and posttesting of grade level basic skills. Observational data was collected to determine growth in affective behavior. Findings indicate that performance standards were met for all goals of the practicum. Evidence was found of significantly increased learning, as well as growth in independent work skills and affect. Appended materials include the parent survey, the skills assessment instrument, the survey for kindergarten and first grade teachers, and other materials related to the study. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Practicum Report, Nova University.